International labour standards

Germany ratifies the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006)

The Government of Germany registered its ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006) with the International Labour Office on 16 August 2013.

News | 16 August 2013

Germany becomes the 43rd ILO Member State and the 17th European country to ratify the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006), a landmark convention which constitutes the fourth pillar of the international maritime legal regime complementing key Conventions of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) with decent working and living conditions for seafarers and conditions of fair competition for ship owners.

Already party to 16 ILO maritime conventions, Germany played a significant role in the successful adoption of this landmark Convention. German tripartite constituents contributed actively throughout the preparatory process in designing and developing the provisions of the Convention and Mr Dirk Lindemann, representative of German shipowners, acted as Vice-Chairperson of the Conference Committee and of the various preparatory meetings.

Germany has around 350 registered vessels totalling more than 15,3 million gross tonnage under its flag and is the third country of ownership in the world. The port of Hamburg, third largest seaport in Europe, 14th world’s largest container port and second largest European container port, is a major transportation and logistics hub for Northern Europe which provides access through its waterways to the European hinterland and plays a major role in the region’s economy, with more than 40 000 people employed directly in and around the port.

International competition ought not result in deteriorating the working and living conditions of seafarers."

Dr Ursula von der Leyen
German Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs

In transmitting the instrument of ratification, Dr Ursula von der Leyen, Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, stated: “By ratifying and implementing the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 Germany makes its contribution to protect seafarers. International competition ought not result in deteriorating the working and living conditions of seafarers.”

This ratification proves that there is a strong momentum in Europe for the ratification and implementation of this landmark instrument..."

Guy Ryder
ILO Director-General

In welcoming the ratification of the MLC, 2006 by Germany, Mr Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, stated: “I am particularly pleased to welcome Germany among the maritime nations that have ratified the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006. This ratification proves that there is a strong momentum in Europe for the ratification and implementation of this landmark instrument and confirms the readiness of key players in the global maritime industry to promote a level playing field in the maritime sector while ensuring decent working and living conditions for seafarers. I am confident that the Office can count on Germany’s continued support and leadership for the promotion and effective implementation of the MLC, 2006 in the years ahead.”

The MLC, 2006 enters into force on 20 August 2013 for the first 30 ratifying countries (the 30 countries whose ratification has been registered before 20 August 2012). For countries whose ratification has been registered after 20 August 2012, the MLC, 2006 will enter into force 12 months after their ratification. Ratification by at least 30 ILO Member States representing at least 33 per cent of the world’s total gross global tonnage of shipping was required for the Convention to come into force.
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